Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site


Centennial Initiative 2016

On August 25, 2006 - the 90th anniversary of the National Park Service - Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne launched the National Park Centennial Initiative to prepare national parks for another century of conservation, preservation and enjoyment. Since then the National Park Service asked citizens, park partners, experts and other stakeholders what they envisioned for a second century of national parks.

A nationwide series of more than 40 listening sessions produced more than 6,000 comments that helped to shape five centennial goals. The goals and vision were presented to President Bush and to the American people on May 31st in a report called The Future of America's National Parks.

Every national park staff took their lead from this report and created local centennial strategies to describe their vision and desired accomplishments by 2016. This is just the first year, and there are many great things to come as the National Park Service prepares to celebrate 100 years!

To keep up with the Centennial Initiative and to experience the interactive version of The Future of America's National Parks and special features please visit the centennial website at

Trail Work Performed by Carolina Mountain Club

(FLAT ROCK, NC)-- The National Park Service and the Carolina Mountain Club are again teaming up to do important trail maintenance at Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in Flat Rock. The work will be performed on Fridays in December, weather permitting. There are no plans to close any trails in the park during this work but visitors are advised to be cautious in work areas.

Work to be performed includes repairing waterbars, establishing new waterbars, and building steps on a small section of the Front Lake Trail. Waterbars allow water to drain from a trail, reducing erosion that causes an uneven and unsafe surface. The result of this work will be safer trails.

The Carolina Mountain Club has been assisting the park with trail maintenance for about 20 years. Not only have they done annual maintenance projects such as this one, but they have also assisted with emergency cleanup following weather events including Hurricane Ivan, ice storms and extremely heavy rains. With about five-miles of hiking trails in the park, the assistance of volunteers is invaluable to the park to ensure the safety and enjoyment of park visitors. Hiking trail maps are available at the information desk in the Main House which is open from9:00 a.m.to5:00 p.m., daily.

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is located three miles south of Hendersonville off U.S. 225 on Little River Road. The park is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., daily, except Christmas Day. Scheduled guided tours of the home cost $5.00 each for adults and are free for those age 16 and under. The grounds are free of charge with hiking trails, a goat barn, picnic area and bookstore. For further information, please telephone 828-693-4178, or visit our website at

Trash Can Removed From Top of Big Glassy Mountain

(FLAT ROCK, NC)-- The National Park Service has removed the trash can from the top of Big Glassy Mountainat Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in Flat Rock. Big Glassy Mountain, with views to the north, is a popular hiking destination. It was a favorite picnic spot for the Sandburg family during their twenty-two years at Connemara.

The removal of the can reduces the need for park staff to periodically drive up the trail to empty the trash can. This will limit the impact of motorized vehicles on walking trails, and will allow staff time to be redirected toward other more critical park preservation and maintenance projects.

We ask for visitors' cooperation by not littering in your national park. Visitors can simply carry refuse back to their vehicle. Having clean parks enhances the experience for all visitors.

We encourage visitors to arrive at the park prepared to handle their own garbage. We especially ask that visitors with pets clean up and carry away the waste from their pet. By taking personal responsibility for their pet, visitors ensure a healthier park visit for others and a cleaner, unpolluted park for the plants and wildlife that call Connemara home.